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The Santee Alley

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Address: 210 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1775
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+1 213-488-1153
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

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They only accept cash. With that being said, BEWARE of your transactions with vendors. If your purchase requires them to give you change, they may pretend they don't owe you any... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
ChueyChang
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Atwater, California
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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Like a big garage sale except all the items are new. The streets and the area are surprisingly clean.

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Thank markallanemail
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Santee alley shops street and found variety of merchandise for very reasonable prices. Especially we found some traditional Indian ( Asian) finger rings for really good rates comparing to gift shops- jewelry shops in other places like Santa Monica- Las Vegas etc.

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Thank Hospitality-Ajay
Tucson, Arizona
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103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can find almost anything at this outdoor swap meet stuff for cell phones ,clothes, weddings dresses, suits,stereo speakers,lingerie,dress shoes, tennis shoes and lots of awsome street truck food and fruit cups and ice cream. They have a fashion district a floral District

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Thank Rene M
Melbourne
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the Mexican hot dog.A shop run by two asian women where we chose the designs and she printed it was amazing. thank you so much because our families in Australia love it. There are perfume stores and they are not bad for the price you pay-they even allow you to hagle lol this is a great market place and... More 

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Atwater, California
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They only accept cash. With that being said, BEWARE of your transactions with vendors. If your purchase requires them to give you change, they may pretend they don't owe you any change. In my situation, I had bought some 8 dollars worth of snack and food and gave the female vendor a 20 dollar bill. After handing out my snacks... More 

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2 Thank ChueyChang
Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

I come here to buy cheap clothes, makeup, costume jewelry and just to spend the day while in downtown LA... there's some good deals but beware there are lots of rip offs as well.. after coming here for years I just shop at the same places in the alley.. every season there's new things so its always fun to see... More 

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Riverside, California
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89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

This place looks like any other local swap meet in California. Their plus size clothing runs small and there is very little of it. It wasn't worth the trip here.

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Falkland, Canada
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Very energetic area to shop. I love coming here to find the best pricing on Colognes and Perfumes, as well as haggling with the vendors. It's bordering the famed LA Fashion District where you can buy the best fabrics, notions and attire. My travel partner spends atleast a full day going store to store. Check out KK Distributors for Perfume... More 

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1 Thank Donald C
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98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I heard about this place and end up going to it if you like to shop this is a place to go lots shopping areas and it down a alley lots of stuff to see and do just be prepared to walk for a couple of hours

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

If in Los Angeles, Santee Alley is a must. The shopping is great and cheap. The food is good and the atmosphere is something that must be experienced.

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